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Tiger Woods tops world rankings after Arnold Palmer Invitational win

Tiger back on top of the world after victory march at Arnold Palmer Invitational

: Returns to top 10 with victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

June 3, 2012: Returns to top five with win in the Memorial Tournament

2013: Closes gap on leader Rory McIlroy with early-season wins at Farmers Insurance Open and WGC-Cadillac Championship.

March 25, 2013: Returns to number one spot by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods has also won the Farmers Insurance Open and the Cadillac Championship this year as he prepares for next month's Masters.

The 37-year-old, who announced he was in a relationship with skier Lindsey Vonn last week, is the bookies' favourite for Augusta as he bids to win the Green Jacket for a fifth time.

Rickie Fowler was Tiger's playing partner for the final round but his challenge hit the buffers when he put two in the water at the 16th.

More to follow…

The one to watch: The 14-time major champion Woods had plenty of support in Orlando

The one to watch: The 14-time major champion Woods had plenty of support in Orlando

Taste for success: Tiger, with caddie Joe LaCava, has a quick bite to eat as he walks up the sixth fairway

Taste for success: Tiger, with caddie Joe LaCava, has a quick bite to eat as he walks up the sixth fairway

Keeping it interesting: Woods had the odd wobble on the tee but he was able to recover

Keeping it interesting: Woods had the odd wobble on the tee but he was able to recover

Gave it a go: Rickie Fowler was Woods' playing partner for the final round at Bay Hill

Gave it a go: Rickie Fowler was Woods' playing partner for the final round at Bay Hill

THE WORLD No 1s SINCE WOODS

Tiger Woods was world No 1 for 281 weeks in a row between June 12, 2005 and October 30, 2010.

Since then four different players have held top spot:

LEE WESTWOOD (17 weeks)
October 31, 2010 to February 26, 2011

MARTIN KAYMER (Eight weeks)
February 27 to April 23, 2011

WESTWOOD (Five weeks)
April 24, 2011 to May 28, 2011

LUKE DONALD (40 weeks)
May 29, 2011 to March 3, 2012

RORY McILROY (Two weeks)
March 4 to 17, 2012

DONALD (Four weeks)
March 18 to April 14, 2012

McILROY (Two weeks)
April 15 to 28, 2012

DONALD (One week)
April 29 to May 5, 2012

McILROY (Three weeks)
May 6 to 26, 2012

DONALD (11 weeks)
May 27 to August 11, 2012

McILROY (32 weeks)
Aug 12, 2012 to Mar 25 2013

Graeme McDowell wins World Golf Challenge in California

McDowell makes it two in three by picking up World Golf Challenge in California

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23:53 GMT, 2 December 2012

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell finished three shots clear of Keegan Bradley to win the World Golf Challenge in California.

The European Ryder Cup star banked a cheque for one million US Dollars (624,000) as a result of finishing 17 under for the week, as well as ending a two-year wait since his last victory – which happened to be in this competition.

The 2010 US Open winner was two shots ahead of Bradley at the start of the day and ensured success with a strong back nine that earned him a four-under 68.

Here kitty: Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the World Golf Challenge

Here kitty: Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the World Golf Challenge

Fist pump: McDowell celebrates winning at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks

Fist pump: McDowell celebrates winning at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks

He was one under at the turn, having
picked up a stroke at the par-five second, but strengthened his case on
the back nine with four more birdies to balance against a solitary
bogey-six at the 13th.

Bradley started strongly, with birdies
at holes two and five but was level par for the front nine after giving
back shots on eight and nine.

He finished three under for the round as he responded to McDowell's surge but it was not enough.

Up you go: McDowell tosses his club after hitting a shot on the 18th fairway

Up you go: McDowell tosses his club after hitting a shot on the 18th fairway

The pair were well ahead of the rest
of the 18-man field, Bo Van Pelt finishing third four shots back from
Bradley and seven adrift of McDowell.

Tournament host Tiger Woods finished in a share of fourth alongside Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk on nine under.

Zach Johnson spared England's Ian
Poulter last place with a dreadful round of seven over that included
three double bogeys and three bogeys.

Fourth: Tiger Woods shared his position with Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk

Fourth: Tiger Woods shared his position with Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk

Southampton"s Rickie Lambert eyes shot at Premier League Golden Boot

Lambert eyes shot at Golden Boot after Southampton striker's Premier League goal rush

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21:00 GMT, 23 September 2012

Honest journeyman Rickie Lambert has clawed his way into the Premier League at the age of 30 after a long career in lower divisions and now plans to fight for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

The last Englishman to win the Premier League’s accolade for the most goals in a season was Kevin Phillips, who hit 30 in 1999-2000 for Sunderland.

Now, 12 years on, Southampton’s talismanic Liverpudlian believes he can be the next in line after scoring four in his first five top-flight appearances.

Red hot: Rickie Lambert has hit four goals in five Premier League games

Red hot: Rickie Lambert has hit four goals in five Premier League games

Lambert, who used to work in a beetroot factory, said: ‘I want to be in the race for the Golden Boot. It is a massive achievement to win it. I will give it a good go and try my best. There are so many good strikers out there now but who knows It could be my year.

Golden boys: The 20+ crew

Since Kevin Phillips hit 30 in 1999-2000, six Englishmen have scored 20+ Premier League goals in a season.

2001-02 Alan Shearer (23); 02-03 James Beattie (23); 03-04 Shearer (22); 04-05 Andy Johnson (21);
09-10 Wayne Rooney (26), Darren Bent (24), Frank Lampard (22); 11/12 Rooney (27)

‘If you can say I am up there with Robin van Persie at the end of the season in terms of goals I will be very happy.

‘I am very proud to be up there now but it is only five games into the season. Hopefully I will be scoring more and more, helping us win more games.’

Lambert got Southampton’s first and last goals after Darren Bent’s opener, Nathaniel Clyne gave the home side the lead and Jason Puncheon got the third via a deflection off Ciaran Clark.

Striking success: Lambert has netted in all four English leagues

Striking success: Lambert has netted in all four English leagues

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was impressed with the strike partnership of Bent and Christian Benteke, despite the scoreline.

He said: ‘I was impressed with our two strikers. I believe they will be a good partnership. Darren’s goal was him to a tee, that is how he has made a living out of the game.

‘I am glad he scored but I would rather win. The game is about winning.’

The Open 2012: First round highs and lows

The highs and lows of the first round at The Open

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23:11 GMT, 19 July 2012

6.30am Three hours after his alarm, Barry Lane tees off the 141st Open Championship. He avoids all seven bunkers but three-putts for a bogey.

9.11am Darren Clarke begins his defence of the Claret Jug with a pinpoint tee shot straight at the flag on the first hole. Sadly, the resulting putt is not so pinpoint.

10.07am Against the collective will of the 28,500 fans with tickets, Lee Westwood’s day begins to unravel with a lipped-out putt for a double bogey on the third. But there’s always next year, right

Unhappy: Lee Westwood hit a double bogey on the third

Unhappy: Lee Westwood hit a double bogey on the third

12.09pm Sergio Garcia shows you can play out the rough with an astonishing shot on 10, out the deep stuff with terrific power to land 12ft from the green.

1.09pm Jamie Donaldson, the only Welshman in the field, sinks a relatively straightforward putt on the 18th to par for a first-round 68.

1.35pm Tiger Woods finds his ‘almost unplayable’ rough on the 15th hole and is true to his word, scuffing his first effort before making the green. He did say almost.

3.20pm American boy-band wannabe Rickie Fowler attracts a bit of attention for his checked headwear. BBC commentator Ken Brown says he ‘looks like he’s from the Brady Bunch’.

Old friend: Tiger Woods gets acquainted with the rough

Old friend: Tiger Woods gets acquainted with the rough

4pm After Sportsmail revealed he was pulling out of The Open with a terrible case of the yips, Robert Karlsson tweets: ‘Thanks for all the support after my withdrawl from the Open!’

4.43pm Phil Mickelson, trapped in a bunker on the seventh, squirts one out of the sand and straight into the deep rough above the lip. Cue six officials scrambling to search for the ball. They find it, somehow.

6.01pm Rory McIlroy hits THAT tee shot which lands on the head of 16-year-old fan on the 15th. Still, no doubt a white signed glove helped with the resulting migraine.

Spencer Levin holds one shot lead at Memorial Tournament in Ohio

Levin holds one shot lead in Ohio as Tiger struggles to stay in contention

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Sportsmail Reporter

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07:18 GMT, 3 June 2012

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07:18 GMT, 3 June 2012

Spencer Levin shot a three-under-par 69 to lead by one at the end of the third round of the Memorial Tournament as Tiger Woods battled to stay in contention.

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On a day when low scores were few and far between at Muirfield Village, with only 14 of the 71 remaining players going under par, Levin carded four birdies and an eagle against three bogeys to sit eight under overall, one stroke ahead of overnight leader Rory Sabbatini.

But it could have been even better for Levin, who turned in 32 and was five under for his round after 10, before bogeying the 12th and 16th.

Narrow lead: Spencer Levin leads by one shot

Narrow lead: Spencer Levin leads by one shot

'I had some really good breaks, so I'll take it,' Levin said. 'I played pretty solid, but it's nice to have a couple good breaks.

'But if you're going to shoot the low round of the day out here on the Tour, or any day, you're going to have a couple good breaks or make long putts or chip in generally.'

Sabbatini was one under today to lie seven under overall, two strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler and three ahead of Woods.

In contention: Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt but is just four shots off the lead

In contention: Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt but is just four shots off the lead

While Fowler equalled Levin's best-of-the-day 69 with four birdies and a bogey, Woods carded four bogeys on the back nine to more than cancel out his three birdies in a one-over 73.

'I certainly probably shot the highest score I could have shot today considering the way I hit it,” Woods said.

'But I'm only four back, and out here with the conditions, supposed to be like this tomorrow again, anything can happen.'

Sweden's Henrik Stenson was leading the European challenge as a 71 left him three under, alongside Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and American Jonathan Byrd.

First-round leader Scott Stallings was in a group seven on two under after a 75, while England's Justin Rose was level par and a trio of his compatriots – Brian Davis, Greg Owen and world number one Luke Donald – were three over.

Fowler shows he"s a real rival to McIlroy after electrifying 66 moves him into Sawgrass contention

Fowler shows he's a real rival to McIlroy after electrifying 66 moves him into Sawgrass contention

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00:06 GMT, 13 May 2012

Seven days ago he beat Rory McIlroy in a play-off to win his first event on the US Tour.

And now, the exciting American Rickie Fowler has the perfect stage to fire up a rivalry with the Northern Irishman that might dominate the sport for the next decade.

While McIlroy headed to Rome to meet tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki after missing the halfway cut, Fowler was electrifying Sawgrass with a brilliant third-round 66 in the Players Championship to move to nine under and in touch with the lead.

Class act: Fowler

Class act: Fowler

If Fowler followed last week’s win with a victory in the marquee event on the US tour today, it would make everyone take notice. Dressed as he will be in his trademark last day colours of all orange, it would indicate the future is at least tinged with the colour.

‘It would certainly give the American press something to talk about rather than Tiger and Phil, wouldn’t it’ said Ian Poulter, mischievously.Poulter had a ringside seat as Fowler conjured up a fabulous six-under-par round in difficult, windy conditions.

‘I thought I did pretty well to shoot 71 but it looked ordinary compared to Rickie’s performance,’ said the Englishman. ‘That was a phenomenal round of golf.’

As for a possible rivalry with McIlroy, a typical forthright Poulter said: ‘Taking nothing away from Rickie, he’s great for the game of golf, but Rory is the better player.’

Inspired golfer: Fowler

Inspired golfer: Fowler

Still, as he showed at the Ryder Cup last year, Fowler is an inspired golfer under pressure. At Celtic Manor he won the last four holes of his singles match to force a half and give his country a chance to win the cup.

He contributed hugely to the entertainment at The Open last year, tying for for fifth with a variety of shots that eluded fellow 23-year-old McIlroy.

The ovation Fowler received as he made his way around the celebrated island 17th green yesterday was worthy of Anfield on a big European night. Some 15,000 people were gathered and nearly all of them rose to laud the man threatening to make all of America forget about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Woods turned in a pedestrian 72 yesterday that gives him no chance of winning.

Mickelson, meanwhile, is two strokes nearer the lead on four under following a 70.

The British challenge has been disappointing after the high hopes for world No 2 Luke Donald and No 3 Lee Westwood. Donald shot 72 to be three under while Westwood didn’t manage a birdie in a poor score of 74. Poulter’s 71 left him on four under.

A pair of American-based Brits took up the challenge. Londoner Brian Davis is well placed on six under after a 72 and Scot Martin Laird recorded a 72 to be six under.

Rickie Fowler in tune with Golf Boys – Derek Lawrenson

Rickie's in tune with Golf Boys

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22:38 GMT, 7 May 2012

Perhaps the rest of golf's elite will now go down to the local fancy dress shop, pick a silly outfit and make a wacky pop video. Either that or the Golf Boys will change their name to the Winning Boys for the follow-up.

You remember Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler, three of the four self-proclaimed Golf Boys who made Oh, Oh, Oh their pop parody poking fun at the game's staid image which became a YouTube sensation

Now they could be forgiven for standing on the 18th green and doing a chorus of We Are The Champions.

Golf boys and girls: Rickie Fowler (third left) with friends and family including fellow band member Ben Crane (left)

Golf boys and girls: Rickie Fowler (third left) with friends and family including band member Ben Crane (left)

Who needs Tiger Woods Certainly not American golf with this trio of crowd pleasers who, between them over the past 10 weeks, just happen to have won the Masters, a world golf championship event and two of the better titles on the US Tour. Let's hear it for the Funboy Three.

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Fowler is the latest to pick up the flame marked American golfing revival mentioned in this space last week. If the future is not orange, then the brightly-coloured one certainly hinted some of it will be with his thrilling victory in a play-off on Sunday night against Rory McIlroy and fellow American DA Points in the Wells Fargo.

It was always a mystery why Fowler had not won in America given his nerveless performance at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, where he took the last four holes of his singles match to force a half and keep his nation's hopes alive.

Perhaps he needed the matchplay-like feel of sudden-death. On the hardest hole at Quail Hollow on Sunday, the 18th, the 23-year-old with the Lanny Wadkins-like gunslinger's swing took dead aim and landed his second shot four feet from the flag to set up a winning birdie.

Consolation prize: Fowler beat new world no 1 Rory McIlroy (left) in a play-off at Quail Hollow

Consolation prize: Fowler beat new world no 1 Rory McIlroy (left) in a play-off at Quail Hollow

You could tell by Rory's face that if he had to lose, let it be to a shot like that. McIlroy's consolation was that joint second place saw him displace Luke Donald as world No 1 again.

Why has it all come so good for Fowler, Mahan and Watson It's surely another example of the miraculous power of a friendly rivalry. We've seen it with the UK Boys at the top of the world rankings and now we are seeing it with the Farm Boys.

On to Sawgrass then and the Players' Championship where, five months ahead of the Ryder Cup, the leading forces from Europe and America will be truly joined.

The winner It might be worth a punt on the fourth Golf Boy, Ben Crane, who must be fed up doing his impression of the fifth Beatle.

Quote of the Week

'I'm not telling the group at Augusta what to do, but if I were running the club I'd have plenty of women members.'

Augusta National member Warren Buffet. Isn't he breaking the golden green jacket rule never to comment on membership matters Either that or he's just so fed up being asked the dreaded women members question he wanted to give Masters chairman Billy Payne a much-needed hint to get on with it.

Booth and Parker looking good for big future

It is never easy growing up burdened with heavy expectation. Scot Carly Booth was given the dreaded title 'Next Big Thing' from the moment she entered her teenage years. How pleasing to see her leave them with a title already under her arm, after claiming the Aberdeen Asset Ladies Scottish Open at the weekend.

Right behind the 19-year-old in the pecking order was 22-year-old English lass Florentyna Parker. What wonders this photogenic pair could do for the British women's game.

Winning smile: Carly Booth celebrates at the Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield

Winning smile: Carly Booth celebrates at the Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield

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How do you fancy all four majors crammed between the second week in April and the third week in July, with The Open and the US PGA Championship taking place almost back to back

That could be the unsatisfactory price to be paid for golf's return to the Olympics in 2016.

The PGA of America's own website lists their major, the US PGA, as taking place in August that year. But there is no chance given their present insistence it must take place before the Olympics, which begins on August 5.

With The Open moving forward a week to finish on July 10, it looks as if the major season will be done and dusted by July 24.

'Sorting this out is a 24-carat headache,' was the vivid description given to me by one of those involved, while even Royal and Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson, one of the principal advocates for golf in the Olympics, conceded the spread of majors as currently proposed is 'not ideal'.

The reason why the PGA of America do not want their event after the Olympics is they have also got a home Ryder Cup to organise before the end of September.

And the top players think they have got problems trying to sort out their schedules…

Wells Fargo Championship: Rickie Fowler beats Rory McIlroy in play-off

Rickie sinks Rory in dramatic play-off: McIlroy returns to No 1 spot but Fowler wins Wells Fargo

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23:38 GMT, 6 May 2012

Rory McIlroy had the sizeable consolation of regaining the world No 1 spot last night after losing out in a three-man play-off for the Wells Fargo Championship.

McIlroy needed to finish in the top seven in Charlotte to knock Luke Donald off the top of the rankings. He did that and more in a two-under-par round of 70, leading at one stage.

A bogey at the par-three 17th handed American DA Points a one-shot lead going to the 18th, only for Points to bogey the last after finding a greenside bunker.

All smiles: Fowler broke his duck with victory at Wells Fargo Championship

All smiles: Fowler broke his duck with victory at Wells Fargo Championship

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That reopened the door for the
23-year-old Northern Irishman in a play-off against Points and another
American, Rickie Fowler.

However, Fowler birdied the first play-off hole –
the 18th – to win the trophy. Lee Westwood shot 66 in the final
round to finish joint fifth.

Simon Dyson birdied the opening two holes
on the final day of the Spanish Open in Seville before blowing his
chance of victory.

The Englishman started with a
one-stroke lead in his hunt for a seventh European Tour title and
stretched his lead with consecutive threes on the opening par fours.

Put it there: McIlroy congratulates Fowler after the play-off

Put it there: McIlroy congratulates Fowler after the play-off

Put it there: McIlroy congratulates Fowler after the play-off

But six bogeys saw him slump to a 76
and a share of 12th after the worst round of anyone in the top 50.
Francesco Molinari returned to winning ways with one of the finest
rounds of his career.

The Italian shot a seven-under-par
65, the best score of the week, to turn a four-stroke deficit into a
three-shot win – his first since beating Westwood at the HSBC Champions
event in Shanghai nearly 18 months ago.

Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Spaniards Alejandro Canizares and Pablo Larrazabal finished joint second.

Molinari, 29, moved back into the world's top 30 as he heads back across the Atlantic for this week's Players Championship.

He said: 'I knew I was playing well. I just needed some putts to drop.'

Top of the pile: McIlroy may not have won the tournament but is No 1 again

Top of the pile: McIlroy may not have won the tournament but is No 1 again

Wells Fargo Championship: Webb Simpson shares lead

Local boy Simpson shares lead with Cink and Moore after first round in Charlotte

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05:51 GMT, 4 May 2012

North Carolina's Webb Simpson led a group of three players on seven under par at the end of the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.

Simpson, who lives within spitting distance of the Quail Hollow venue, shot a 65 to sit alongside fellow Americans Stewart Cink and Ryan Moore.

Homecoming: Simpson is congratulated by Tiger Woods after his first round

Homecoming: Simpson is congratulated by Tiger Woods after his first round

Simpson's round, played in the company of Tiger Woods, was highlighted by an eagle at the par-four eighth and also contained six birdies as well as a single bogey.

'I was nervous playing with Tiger. I prayed a lot out there,' Simpson said on www.pgatour.com. 'Once I made a couple birdies, I kind of enjoyed it.'

With four bogeys and three birdies, Woods could manage only a one-under 71.

Cink was flawless with seven birdies in his round of 65, while Moore managed nine birdies against two bogeys.

In contention: Veteran Stewart Cink also shot seven-under

In contention: Veteran Stewart Cink also shot seven-under

A shot behind in a group of five players on six under were Rickie Fowler and England's Brian Davis

Rory McIlroy, a winner at Quail Hollow two years ago, was two under, while Lee Westwood's round was spoiled by a double bogey at the 16th and a single at 18 which left him one under alongside Woods.

Defending champion Lucas Glover was level par, as was Scotland's Martin Laird.